10 Things to do in Connemara
Connemara is Ireland at its most majestic, wild, and beautiful. An essential stop along the Wild Atlantic Way, spend a few days, a week or even a month here. You might never want to leave!
The very name Connemara means” inlets of the sea”. This gives some indication as to just how stunning and rugged the countryside is. The Irish have been coming here for years for “holiday” and it is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise.The famous bogs and fields, gorgeous lakes, and rocky shores make it Ireland at its most quintessential. It is a beautiful place to not only drive through, but also to spend some time. There’s plenty to see and do here, and these are just 10 of the top things to do in Connemara during your next vacation.
1. Visit Connemara National Park
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Connemara National Park has an area of some 2,957 hectares, within which are mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Opened to the public as a park in 1980, admission is free, and an interpretive centre explains some of the things to see and do there. Hiking is of course a popular activity in the Park, and there are great views of the ‘Twelve Bens’, a series of peaks over 1500 feet. The park is open daily between 9.00am and 5.30pm all year through.
2. Galway City at the Weekend
During the weekends a visit to Galway city is highly recommended. The medieval cobblestone streets seem to fill with life, and there is a mix of entertainers, music and markets. Highlights of a visit to Galway city include visiting the Spanish Arch and of course tasting the local cuisine, especially the traditional Irish cheeses. Don’t forget to have a pint of the local beers either. Galway Hooker is a favourite in the city.
3. Explore Kylemore Abbey
The Benedictine Monastery of Kylemore was founded by Nuns fleeing the First World War in 1920, and built on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. The estate has an almost fairytale feel to it, and the castle is iconic. Take a tour here through the grounds and gardens, and learn about the bats in the belfry, as well as the somewhat tragic story of the families involved with the castle leading up to when it became an Abbey.
4. Visit Clifden
The charming coastal town of Clifton is the largest town in the region, and some people often refer to it as the capital of Connemara. There are plenty of boutique shops as well as authentic pubs for food and live music. Find yourself a cozy pub and listen to some traditional music whilst joining in the craic!
5. Visit the Aran Islands
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Many people choose to visit the nearby Aran Islands on a day trip, but we would recommend visiting for a few days or longer. Despite the daytrippers there is a feeling of stepping back in the past when you land. The locals are relaxed yet welcoming, and happy to give you directions if you need some when exploring the island. As no cars can be taken over on the ferries, it is best to get around the island either by hiking or bicycling. The Aran islands are a great destination for anyone that enjoys the outdoors life, and some excellent accommodation can be found at Aran Islands Camping and Glamping. The unique glamping pods based on the old stone hut design, offer comfortable lodging in an outdoor setting all the year around.
6. Ride a Connemara Pony
The hardy breed of pony known as the Connemara Pony has really adapted to the tough and varied terrain of the Connemara region. As beautiful to watch in the fields as they are to ride, pony riding sessions are available at a number of equestrian centers in Connemara, offering a unique way to explore the rugged landscape.
7. Enjoy time on the beach in the sun… No promises!
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Connemara on a nice warm sunny day, you should spend some time on one of the beaches! There are some very pretty sand beaches nestled between the rocky coastline if you know where to look. Ballyconneely’s Coral Strand, Dog’s Bay and Gurteen beaches are all great examples. Even if the weather isn’t ideally suited for soaking up the sun, they are still worth visiting, as they are certainly very photogenic.
8. Whilst you are at the seaside…
Ireland has some pretty seaside villages and Roundstone is amongst the prettiest. It has been the location of many different films due to its brightly painted pubs and incredible coastal views. There’s no better place in Ireland to enjoy a pint and some seafood such as mussels or seafood chowder, and you can also visit some craft shops, particularly inside the Franciscan Monastery.
9. High tea in a castle
The fairytale Ballnyahinch Castle has been converted into a remarkable four-star hotel. You can either choose to stay the night, or simply pop in for high tea or a drink by the fireplace. Set in grounds of over 450 acres, you can stroll along the paths from the Lake and Owenmore River. The 12 Bens mentioned earlier can be viewed from here, with Ben Lettery being the most prominent.
10. Killary Fjord
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At 16 kilometers in length, and a depth of 45 metres in places, Killary fjord is in fact Ireland’s only fjord. It is best seen on a Fjord boat tour which reveals the dramatic landscape at its finest. The boat tour takes about 90 minutes, and is an enjoyable way to soak up the beauty of the surrounding Connemara countryside. Another option is to follow it via road, stopping off in the small towns and villages along the way.
For more information on what to see and do in Connemara, as well as how to get to the Aran Islands, contact Aran Camping and Glamping. We will be happy to share our knowledge of the local area, and of course encourage you to visit Inis Mor, the largest and most beautiful of the magnificent Aran Islands!